I completed another spread in my character journal. The moleskine paper really crinkles and rolls up with collage and a lot of wet media, but I kind of like that. I noticed the paper can tear easily at the inside seam and probably should start putting masking tape there before I cover the page with gesso.
I applied gesso to both pages, let it dry and then added some collage. I used acrylic paints for the background along with some gesso scraped through drywall tape to create the small white circles. I drew in the character with a charcoal pencil. I used some quinacridone nickel azo gold paint mixed with titan buff for shading her skin. I used colored pencils to add more detail to her face and dress and a black pitt pen to outline her facial features.
I had a wonderful Christmas but it can be so tiring. I am looking forward to some down time and some art time.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year!
Here’s the first spread I did in my character journal. It is a small moleskine journal that measures around 6 by 8 inches. The dragonflies are die cuts from K&Company and the circle flowers are pieces of a print I had made with the Gelli plate. I drew and painted in the character and asked my granddaughter Tena what I should call her. Right away she said “Lucy”. I think that the name Lucy fits her perfectly.
Here’s a close up of Lucy. If you haven’t seen the new animate anything app, you should go check it out. I animated Lucy on my phone and it is so awesome (although a bit freaky) to see your character come to life! I wanted to post the animation here but it doesn’t look like WordPress supports the file.
I’m working on finishing up a larger painting that I had started probably about a year ago and am also almost finished with another spread in my character journal. Happy creating!
My husband and I were out of town last week and I knew that I wouldn’t have much, if any, time to play art while I was away. But, just in case, I threw some Tombow markers, a graphite and charcoal pencil along with a little mini Strathmore Visual Journal in a shoe box. We were very busy and I didn’t have much time to think about art until I went into a Michael’s store and found a new Cloth Paper Scissors magazine called FACES (It is a Fall 2015 magazine but I couldn’t find a link on their website). One night I had a chance to look through the magazine at all the gorgeous faces created by a number of different artists. I fell in love with the cute little characters created by Karen O’Brien and just had to try one.
For this one, I randomly scribbled on various colors of Tombow markers and very lightly painted them out with a wet paintbrush. Next I drew in the face with a charcoal pencil and added more color with the markers. Very quick and easy and I got my art fix in!
We got home yesterday and last night I started sketching out more faces. The one above was inspired by the cover photo on the magazine which was created by Dina Wakely.
Here are a few more that I did without adding color:
I think I’ll start a new journal of just faces. This one is only 3.5″ x 5″ so I’ll go a little bigger on the size.